"Surongporn's leading feature is a compact balloon of abdomen, proudly snugged in a brass-button shirt cut from lemon-colored cloth. He is a swaybacked little fellow built like a jellybean."

An excerpt from Wells Tower's new story, "The Dance Contest," in McSweeney's.

NOW IS THE TIME! (TO SIGN UP FOR McSWEENEY’S 44) It’s not every year that we get to release a palindromic-numbered edition of our quarterly—...

Khaled Hosseini calls Wells Tower's EVERYTHING RAVAGED, EVERYTHING BURNED one of his 5 favorite story collections at The Daily Beast:

"The collection is by turn bizarre, hilarious, unpredictable, all of it without a single note of artifice."

The author of ‘The Kite Runner’ picks his favorite short-story collections. His new book is ‘And the Mountains Echoed.’
Today author Wells Tower reads a second new short-short “Post-Darwinian Experiments in Consciousness”. The story involves evolutionary responsibilty, World of Warcraft III, and pivots on a great twist. Or should we say cinch? More Iowa Tapes coming soon!
As the Ron Pauls of the world dream of a return to the gold standard, we sent our intrepid correspondent to the Klondike, where a new gold rush is on and rumors of a mother lode have everyone acting a little feverish

via Farrar, Straus and Giroux: Wells Tower with John Jeremiah Sullivan at The New York Public Library, talking about essays, fiction, and "the barf of envy." (It makes sense in context.)

Audio from the New York Public Library event....
published by MFA students at the University of Pittsburgh
Short story about a landlord who is dealing with tenant and worker issues when his belligerent daughter decides to move back in with him…
With pot laws changing, we thought it'd be a good idea to send our weed-averse correspondent to see what life is really like in Amsterdam, the world's cannabis capital. He took a job at a marijuana coffee shop, inhaled the best stuff on earth, and saw the totally righteous future of legalized ganja

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned has been shortlisted for the 2010 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. - admin

Stanford University Libraries announced today the shortlist for the fourth William Saroyan International Prize for Writing (Saroyan Prize).

David Sedaris <3s Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned - admin

When a book gets the David Sedaris official tick of approval, you know it's going to be good. And while Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned is no picnic, it's a fascinating read about the lives of men.

Very fun contest (maybe not for the converted, but for your friends). Entries end this evening. - admin

The fine folks at Macmillan have provided us with three copies of Wells Tower’s much talked about collection Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned to give away to readers. (Check out an excerpt at the link)

"Here's a video with Wells Tower; not drinking, but still talking about yanking out somebody's lungs.";s Steve Marsh talks with writer Wells Tower about Viking torture, the dark side of the Internet, and his new book Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned.
In June 1964 Hunter S. Thompson wrote a, for lack of a better word, gonzo letter to President Lyndon Johnson from the Holiday Inn in Pierre, South Dakota, where he was staying on a reporting trip. He offered his services as governor of American Samoa, then an appointed office. ...
- On this edition of our show, we hear from the prize-winning journalist and fiction writer Wells Tower, whose debut collection of short stories, "Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned," was one of the most acclaimed books published in America last year. ...
“At noon, George came back empty-handed. We climbed back in the boat and went skimming across the lake. The fog had burned off and there wasn’t another craft in sight. The loveliness of the day was enough to knock you down. ...

Wells Tower book tour dates - admin

Wells Tower - Wells Tower reads from Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned.

Wells Tower on This American Life (towards the end) - admin

This American Life, presented by Chicago Public Radio, is an award-winning radio program as well as a television program on the Showtime network. Hosted by Ira Glass, we feature first-person stories and short fiction pieces that are touching, funny, and surprising. ...
Read the original story at Viking marauders descend on a much-plundered island, hoping some mayhem will shake off the winter blahs. Watch animator Chris Roth's short adaptation ...